Sunday, February 23, 2020

2016 Hall Of Fame Class

RICHARD BEVERLY:  A long-time football coach and administrator, Beverly’s career spanned 42 years. He compiled a 145-78-4 record as head football coach at Clay County High School from 1967-1988. His 1968 team went 10-0 in the regular season and then played St. Jude at Cramton Bowl in the first integrated AHSAA playoff game following the Merger of the AHSAA and AIAA. He served as principal at Wadley High School from 1988-92 and then worked as an assistant coach at Smiths Station High School and Russell County High School.
  Beverly, 72, graduated from Handley High School in 1961 and Auburn University in 1966. 
 DWIGHT BUZBEE: The Alexander City native returned to his alma mater, Alex City Junior High, in 1977. He moved to Benjamin Russell High School in 1978, serving as teacher, assistant football and head wrestling coach. In eight seasons as wrestling coach, the Wildcats won three AHSAA state team titles with seven individual state weight-class championships. He served as athletic director for Alexander City Schools from 2001-09 and retired in 2014 after 37 years of teaching and coaching. He has been one of the AHSAA’s top wrestling officials for the last 32 years. Buzbee, 62, played football and wrestled at Benjamin Russell High School, finishing second individually in his weight class as a senior for Coach Charles Lee, already a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
    Buzbee graduated from high school in 1971 and Auburn University in 1977.
 MIKE COCHRAN: Cochran, 54, became one of the state’s most successful girls’ basketball coaches during his 28-year head-coaching career at Fyffe High School. He guided the Lady Red Devils to a 627-226 record with seven state championships, including four in a row (1994-97) in the first four years of the AHSAA Final Four state tournament  at the BJCC. His teams won 16 DeKalb County championships, 14 area championships and had one state runner-up finish. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic four times and saw his teams average 30-plus wins during the decade of the 1990s (302 victories). He was inducted into the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
    Cochran graduated from Fyffe High School in 1979 and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in English from the University of Alabama.
 FRANCES CRAPET: The Birmingham native returned to her roots and became one of the AHSAA’s top volleyball and softball coaches. She began her teaching and coaching career at W.A. Berry High School in 1984, then moved to John Carroll Catholic High School in 1986 where she has served as athletic director since 2014. Crapet compiled a 635-415 volleyball coaching record with state championships in 1996 and 1997 and state runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999. Her softball teams were 294-208 from 1987-2004 with three trips to the state tournament. Several of her former students have followed her into coaching.
   Crapet, who is a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Lake Church, graduated from Ensley High School in1976 and the University of Montevallo in 1980.
 TANDY GERELDS: Gerelds, now deceased, was a teacher and coach for more than 25 years with stops at Woodlawn and Deshler in Alabama and Belmont, MS.  He also served as principal at Shoals Christian. He compiled a 101-36 coaching record at Deshler with a state 4A championship in 1990 and runner-up finish in 1991. He guided the Deshler boys’ golf team to a  Class 4A  state championship in 1997.
   He coached baseball for three years at his alma mater, Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, became head football coach in 1971 and coached the Colonels to a 36-14 record over the next five years. His strong faith-based approach helped Woodlawn overcome racial strife to become one of the top programs in the state – culminating with over 42,000 fans attending the 1974 game with Banks at Legion Field.  That inspirational saga was made into a popular movie, “Woodlawn,” which chronicles those times and the life of star player Tony Nathan. He earned his college degree at Auburn in 1965.
 IKE GRANT: One of two Benjamin Russell High School graduates in this year’s class, Grant, 62, has spent his entire teaching and coaching career in Chambers County as head football coach and athletic director for a total of 17 years. He served for 10 years from 1978-1986 as head coach and again from 2001-2009 and compiled an overall 85-89 record and four trips to the state playoffs. His 2003 and 2005 teams were 10-2. He has coached in the Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game and North-South All-Star Game. Grant has also served as a football official since 1987 and is currently serving on the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
    He graduated from Benjamin Russell in 1972 and Alabama State University in 1976.
 KITTILAX “APPLE” KRIDAKORN: Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Kridakorn, 68, has been an AHSAA volleyball official for over 45 years, serving as state tournament referee coordinator and state volleyball rules interpreter for 15 years. A camp instructor for a decade, she has also officiated college volleyball for 30 years, including the 2015 NAIA National Championship and USA Volleyball. She received the NFHS Section 3 Distinguished Service Award (2011), the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award (2004), the PAVO Excellence in Service Award (2011) and named Southeast District Volleyball Official of the Year (2013).
       The graduate of Ramsay High School (1966) and the University of Montevallo (1970) earned her Masters from Auburn (1975) and a Doctorate of Education from Auburn (1983).
BRENDA MAYES: A coaching icon in the Shoals area for the past 28 years, Mayes, 52, has served as associate athletic director, volleyball and girls’ basketball coach during her career (1987-2015) at Muscle Shoals High School. Her volleyball teams compiled a 1,143-368 record with four state titles (1998-2001). Her basketball teams (359-348) qualified for the regional tournament twice.  She was Regional and NFHS National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2001. She also coached track and softball, served on the AHSAA Central Board, assists the AHSADCA’s all-star competitions and mentored many coaches. She received the AHSAA Class 6A Making A Difference Award in 2015.
    She is a hall of fame member at at Mississippi Community/Junior College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, University of North Alabama and Colbert County. She is a graduate of Biggersville (MS) High School (1980) and the University of North Alabama (1986). 
 EARL MILLER: One of the state’s most successful high school baseball coaches, Miller, 62, led G.W. Long High School’s program from 1991-2005. The Rebels compiled a 407-133 record during that span with 14 playoff trips in 26 years. Miller’s teams won seven Class 1A state baseball championships and three Class 2A state titles in that stretch. His team won six state crowns in a row in the 1990s. He was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in in 2003. His program produced two Mr. Baseball recipients and 23 all-state selections. His son Drew followed his dad as head baseball coach at G.W. Long.
    Miller graduated from Escambia County High School in 1971 and Troy University in 1976.
 JEROME SANDERS: The long-time boys’ head basketball coach and athletic director at J.F. Shields High School compiled a 465-151 career record with a 359-158 slate at his alma mater from 1995-2014. He also coached at Dozier, Luverne and Monroe County in a career that spanned 30 years. His Shields teams won three state titles, finished second twice and reached the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals seven times. His teams won seven regional titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice. He received the NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year in 2007 and was the AHSAA Class 1A Making A Difference Award recipient in 2014.
   Sanders was a senior member of J.F. Shields’ 1972 Class 2A state championship team. He earned his college degree from Daniel Payne College in 1976.
 ALFRED PEAVY: Selected in the “Old Timer” category, Peavy, now deceased, served in
several capacities in Alabama schools from 1956-1991. A leader in the AIAA when it merged with the AHSAA in 1968, his teams were 96-42 in football and 200-75 in basketball at Coffee Country Training and Coppinville from 1956-69. His track team also won a state title.  He moved to Enterprise Junior High in 1970 as a coach, then to Enterprise High School in 1971 as assistant principal in 1975 where he served until his retirement in 1991. He served on the AHSAA Central Board for eight years and the District 2 Board for 14 years. He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award (1991), the Martin Luther King Community Awareness Award (1995) and named to the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Peavy Park in Enterprise was named in his honor in 1986.
                A graduate of Clarke County Training School (1948) and Alabama State University (1956), he earned his Masters from Troy University in 1975.